June 2013: Farenheit 451

f451Sunday 2nd June 2013
East Oxford Community Centre

Doors 7pm
Main feature 7.30pm
Close 10pm


Join us on Sunday 2nd to watch François Truffaut’s film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s distopian novel in which books are banned and the fire brigade starts fires rather than puts them out.

Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack, Farenheit 451 looks at topics including resistance to conformity and the use of mass media and technology to control individuals, influencing society and suppressing individualism.  Farenheit 451 was published in 1953 and the film adaptation is from 1996, but the themes tackled and the questions raised are perhaps even more prevalent today than they were 60 years ago as through technology it’s now more possible to monitor citizens and control what they read and ultimately what they think.

We’ll be showing some short films from citizen journalists around the world from 7pm.  Main film starts at 7.30pm, discussion of topics raised in the film afterwards and a strict 10pm finish, adjourning to The Star in Rectory Road for a refreshing beverage and further discussions afterwards.

February 2013: The Taqwacores

The TaqwacoresWritten by Eyad Zahra, The Taqwacores deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America…

The Taqwacores : Sunday 3rd February 2013
Doors 7pm . Shorts till 7.30pm . Ends latest 10pm

@ OARC, East Oxford Community Centre £3 (£2)

Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “un-orthodox” house mates soon introduce him to Taqwacore- a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists out west. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk parties at night. Ultimately, Yusef is influenced by Taqwacore too, as he begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies.  Download the poster for this event.


July 2012: Catfish – Think before you click

Sunday 1st July, 7-10pm OARC, East Oxford Community Centre £3 recommended donation

Catfish is a true story for the digital age. A documentary directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, it follows Ariel’s brother Nev as he builds a romantic relationship over the social networking site Facebook.  Reminding us of the old adage that in cyberspace no one knows you’re a dog, the twists and turns in this film are nail-bitingly surprising!

Doors open at 7PM and as usual we’ll be showing a selection of media activist and citizen journalist produced film shorts until 7.30pm.

Catfish showing starts at 7.30PM sharp after which we shall table a discussion on the various themes raised in the film.

Evening finishes at 10PM, at which juncture we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Do please help us to promote the monthly screenings, download the poster for this screening, print it out and display a copy of it in your window, your place of study, your favourite café, your work, or anywhere you can.